Geometry & Topology
- Geom. Topol.
- Volume 23, Number 2 (2019), 637-683.
Strand algebras and contact categories
We demonstrate an isomorphism between the homology of the strand algebra of bordered Floer homology, and the category algebra of the contact category introduced by Honda. This isomorphism provides a direct correspondence between various notions of Floer homology and arc diagrams, on the one hand, and contact geometry and topology on the other. In particular, arc diagrams correspond to quadrangulated surfaces, idempotents correspond to certain basic dividing sets, strand diagrams correspond to contact structures, and multiplication of strand diagrams corresponds to stacking of contact structures. The contact structures considered are cubulated, and the cubes are shown to behave equivalently to local fragments of strand diagrams.
Geom. Topol., Volume 23, Number 2 (2019), 637-683.
Received: 12 February 2017
Revised: 19 March 2018
Accepted: 28 June 2018
First available in Project Euclid: 17 April 2019
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Mathews, Daniel V. Strand algebras and contact categories. Geom. Topol. 23 (2019), no. 2, 637--683. doi:10.2140/gt.2019.23.637. https://projecteuclid.org/euclid.gt/1555466428